Moving Stress-Free is Easy with These Tips

A move to a new state can feel overwhelming. You have to think about residency requirements, changing your documents, finding somewhere to live, and whether or not you’ll be taking a new job. If you’re moving for work, you have to also relocate your entire family. 

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On top of all of the above, you may feel stressed about scheduling, costs, and moving your items. Anyone who has moved knows how expensive and time-consuming moving can get (not to mention complicated!). 

If you’re feeling the stress of these various commitments during your move, you’re not alone. Here are a few tips on how to get through this transition in your life with limited stress and a positive attitude. Additionally, you can dive into more ways to navigate stress from the team at BetterHelp: 

Call On Friends and Family

No one wants to go through a big move alone. Even if you have your spouse or children to help, getting everything organized and loaded up when you’re moving out of state can feel exhausting. Calling friends and family to help can get things done faster and more efficiently. 

For example, if you’re going to be using a moving truck to move your furniture and belongings across the country, you’ll most likely have some heavy lifting to do. See if your siblings, parents, or friends can help lend a hand. Offer them a cold drink or a night out before you leave to say, “thank you.” 

After all, people work better in groups. The time might even pass more quickly since you’ll be chatting with people you know and love. If you have someone in your family who has moved nationally before and knows the ins and outs, you may want to also ask them for advice. It’s an excellent way to connect before leaving, so you can say goodbye.

Save Up in Advance

There’s nothing worse than getting ready to move and realizing you don’t have the money for everything you need. Costs can add up quickly. You’ll find that you may need to pay extra for: 

  • Mileage on your moving truck
  • Boxes and tape 
  • Parking 
  • Gas
  • Tolls 
  • Deposit on your new apartment or house
  • School costs for your children
  • Taking out new documents (new state ID) 
  • Changing your address 
  • Food and drink 
  • Hotels (if you’ll be traveling for more than a day) 

You need to factor in all of these costs before moving so that you know exactly what you’ll be paying. Round each category up about 10-50 dollars so you can have some money left over to save for emergencies. You never know what can happen, and you may have to continue renting your moving truck for an extra day or have additional shipping costs on your items. 

Before moving, add a physical jar or envelope for you and your family to save money. Having a physical bank for your money will keep you from spending your savings on an impulse. Once you’re ready to go, deposit your money in your bank account and get started. 

If you’re someone who stresses out about the organization, write down the costs of each part of your move as well as any important dates (when you’ll pick up the moving truck, for example). Cross out each item once it’s done. 

Find People to Do the Work for You 

Sometimes doing the work yourself just isn’t going to cut it. We get it. Moving around is a lot of work, especially if you’re a business professional who has daily commitments that you can’t miss. If that’s the case, hiring a company to take care of your moving planning for you is a great idea. 

A moving company can: 

Your moving company may also be able to help you load all of your items and get them ready to go, so you don’t have to do any of the dirty work. That can take off a lot of stress and give you time to focus on what really matters. 

Practice Stress Reduction Exercises

If you’re stressed out no matter what route you take during your move, you may want to try some common stress-reduction exercises. You can do these at home, on the go, or at work. No matter what you’re stressed about, these exercises and practices can get your cortisol levels down to normal and allow you to focus on your move. 

Breathing Exercises

Taking a moment out of your day to try a breathing exercise can give you the mental clarity and calmness you need for the rest of your day. To do this, follow these simple steps: 

  1. Find a quiet moment, preferably alone 
  2. Take a breath in through your nose for 5 short counts
  3. Breathe out from your mouth in 8 counts (or as long as you can)
  4. Repeat this breathing exercise until you feel your heart slow down and your body become calmer 

Breathing exercises signal to your mind that you are calm, even if you are not. Reducing your heart rate and being able to breathe normally will help you stop feeling that you are in danger and reduce stress and fear during the moving process. 

Mindfulness Exercises 

You can also try a mindfulness exercise. There are many different types of mindfulness exercises, but here are some you can try on the go: 

  • Count how many of each type of farm animal you see on your drive and write it down (only if you’re not driving) 
  • Play an “I-Spy” game with your children 
  • Close your eyes and focus on the sounds you can hear around you. What are they? 
  • Color in an adult coloring book 
  • Find time in your day to practice soothing each one of your senses (sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch)

Mindfulness is something you can practice just about anywhere. 

Reward Yourself 

Before you finish your move, set up a reward that you are excited about. Once you complete your move, you can give yourself the reward. This reward serves as a motivation for you throughout your move. 

For example, it could be: 

  • A night out with friends
  • A new dress 
  • Something expensive you’ve been wanting 
  • A date night with your partner
  • A night in a fancy hotel 
  • A delicious homemade dinner (made by someone else) 
  • A spa night 

Whatever you enjoy, reward yourself for your hard work. After all, you deserve it!

We hope you found this blog post How Not to Stress Out When Moving Out of State useful. Be sure to check out our post How to Stay Tidy and Organized When Moving for more great tips!

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